General Munroe

My name is George Campbell, my age is sixteen
I joined the united men to fight for the green
And manys the battle I did undergo
When commanded by that hero old General Munroe

Were you at the battle of Ballinahinch
When the people oppressed, rose up in defence
And Munroe took the mountains, his men took the field
And they fought for three hours and never did yield

Munroe being weary and in need of some sleep
Gave a woman ten guineas, his secret to keep
But she got the money, the divil tempted her so
And she sent for the army and surrendered Munroe

well The army, they came and surrounded them all
He thought to escape but he could not at all
And they marched him to Lisburn without more delay
And they hung our poor hero the very same day

Were you at the farm when the cavalry came there
How the horses did caper and prance in the rear
And the traitor being with them as you may all know
It was out of a haystack they hauled poor Munroe

In came Munroe’s Sister she was well dressed in green
She’d a sword by her side that was long, sharp and keen
Three cheers she did give and way she did go
Saying I’ll have revenge for my brother Monroe

Munroe being taken and lead to the tree
says farewell to my comrades where soever they may be
There’s one thing that grieves me and it’s parting them so
So farewell to that hero old general Munroe

Traditional

Originally recorded for inclusion on Andy’s ‘Rainy Sundays, Windy Dreams’ album, this song didn’t make the final mix. It was subsequently featured on ‘High Kings of Tara’, a compilation album of different artists released by Tara Records in 1980.

Henry Munroe (1758 – 1798) was the only son of a presbyterian tradesman of Scottish descent who settled at Lisburn, County Down. Henry entered the linen business about 1788, and in 1795, joined the United Irishmen with the view of promoting the cause of catholic emancipation and parliamentary reform. He was leader of the County Down insurgents in the 1798 rebellion. After initial success at Saintfield, he was defeated at the Battle of Ballinahinch. He sought refuge in a farmhouse but was betrayed. He as hanged in Lisburn on thirteenth of June, 1798.

 

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